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by laura harder mrs casey 3 rd period

A Swedish Christmas!

By: Laura Harder

Mrs. Casey


country info
A big tradition in Sweden in the homes is where the oldest daughter is portrayed as “Lucia” the “Queen of Light.” She dresses up in a white gown and wears a crown of candles on her head to serve the family. She wakes her parents by singing the Italian song, “Saint Lucia.” She serves her family coffee, buns, cookies, and occasionally glogg (which is a mulled wine).

Introduced to Sweden from Germany, the Christmas tree has been a part of Christmas since the 1700s. The custom has only become general in the present century. A family usually brings it 1 or 2 days before Christmas to decorate it.

Country info…

Traditions and Customs

The excitement of Christmas in Sweden starts on the first Sunday of Advent which is when the first Advent candle is lit. Every Sunday before Christmas, an Advent candle is lit with growing anticipation. The feasting and celebration begins on December 13 with St. Lucia Day. Legend has it that St. Lucia Day is the longest night of the year. Today nearly every town, school, and day-care center has their own Lucia.

traditional foods served
Traditional Foods Served

The most traditional food served in Sweden at Christmas is Lutfisk. This Lutfisk is sun-cured cod served in cream sauce. Lutfisk is most likely a throwback to a period of fasting from pre-Reformation times. The traditional feast celebrated also includes a “dipping in the kettle.” The family and guests dip bits of dark bread in a pot filled with pork, sausage, and corned beef.


other foods

A smorgasbord Christmas meal eaten on Christmas Eve includes varieties of shellfish, pork, cooked and raw herring fish, caviar, cheeses and brown beans.

gift giving customs
Gift Giving Customs

On Christmas Eve in Sweden families traditionally exchange most of their presents.


Swedish Glogg

  • 2 cups of fresh orange juice
  • ¼ cup of slivered onions
  • ¾ cup of golden raisins
  • ½ cup pitted whole prunes, snipped in half
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 inches cinnamon sticks, cut in half
  • ½ inch fresh ginger
  • 4 whole cardamom pods, bruised
  • 1 bottle ruby port
  • ¾ cup of brandy
  • ¾ cup of vodka or aquavit

Christmas Music From Sweden

Some of the traditional Christmas songs are:

  • O, Holy Night
  • O, Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Swedish Phrases Swedish Phrases

Some of the traditional phrases in Sweden are:

  • Valkommen (Welcome)
  • Hej (Hello)
  • Hej doe (Goodbye)
  • God Jul och Gott Nytt Ar (Merry Christmas!)
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